Wonder: A book review

 “Here’s what I think, the only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way”

Sometimes you can’t blend in, no matter how hard you try. For 10 year old August (Auggie) Pullman with facial abnormalities, things has never gone normal for him. From judgmental stares to stopping strangers on their tracks, going to a real school must be one of his biggest fears. Fear of being judged, of feeling left out, of feeling he is no one. With the striking reality that welcomes him as he starts school, how does Auggie survive the wrath of people who bring him down for how he looks? The famous saying goes. “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but what if it’s ‘don’t judge a boy by his face?” Upbeat, humorous, and life affirming, Wonder by RJ Palacio awakens readers to choose what is right no matter cost, what I believe is a must read.

There are just those kinds of book that you can read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the first page. RJ Palacio lives up to it’s sentence, with Wonder. The book starts out from the point of view of the protagonist Auggie, which grabs our attention since page one. It is without a doubt an amazing novel, after coining numerous awards, it too is true to it’s readers.

beaut book cover!

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I would give it 4.5/5 stars!

First, the book didn’t dwell on the universal idea of fantasy, but on reality/ the foundation of the novel is laid on changes, he and his classmates are in a difficult age, the start of middle school. It isn’t about it being ‘the best years of your life” as general viewed, but it is presented in a different perspective. Popularity contests and everyone making or breaking a reputation. We see how Auggie’s fears come to life, from people who make friends with him for obligation to ‘friends’ who talk bad behind his back. It opens our eyes on what we know don’t, the reality of children today versus what we perceive.

Second, it is a book that leaves a mark. Not your average YA book, it is more than what you think it is. Usual books are divided by usual chapters while in Wonder we see how it was divided by the different perspectives of the characters in the story. It makes it more enjoyable to read. It gives the readers a clear understanding on how people think, how each person views things differently and that we all have a say on things that happen to us. It presents a lot of themes and lessons that we can learn from reading 310 pages that can make us stop, think, and reflect on ourselves.

“I’m human too” Auggie awakens readers by this phrase, hidden meaning as it may seem it channels the idea of accepting people for who they are. If people just learned how to be less judgemental wouldn’t the world be a better place? Happier? Another, is that it teaches us to go beyond what others say, jump over insecurity, sprit and be brave. If someone brings you down, stand up, and don’t give up. Bullies bully because they want attention, they lack the feeling of superiority. Showing it’s relevance to the youth today, that despite the negativity it is essential to do what is right, “more than meets the eye” August started school with two friends, ad lots of bullies, however that didn’t stop him from embracing his desire to feel normal. His braveness brought him to endure all pain and suffering making him claim what he always wanted, even getting himself a standing ovation.

Open your eyes, look around you. Do you see any August Pullmans in your world? What do you plan to do? The main question is, are you gonna do anything about it? Sit down, relax, read a book that can transform you and guide you to the right path. Wonder by RJ Palacio, what I believe is a must read for a

Jenny Han in Manila

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MEET SOME OF THE HANNY BADGERS! *insert the fangirling slash happy slash excited slash oh my god is this real scream*

( PS got this picture from a fellow book blogger so credits to you dear! ) 

So yesterday June 21, 2014 I met THE ( Yes THE ) Jenny Han, the author of the best selling “The Summer I turned Pretty” series and the recent ‘TATBILB’ people here in Manila refer to it that way since it’s quite long which gives me quite a laugh, but for your benefit it’s “To all The boys I’ve loved before” which has a sequel which is “Ps I still Love you” which is coming out this 2015 ( lets pretend that it’s sometime soon, I know the waiting can kill so lets just pack our imaginative heads and be excited about it ) 

Here in the Philippines people tend to go hardcore when it comes to book signings which involves camping out of the bookstore at 1 am in the morning even if registration starts at 10 am, I know we just seem so devoted. Even if I was in it to camp out, my mom wouldn’t give me the permission so instead I came there at 6 am and came along with my friend Bambi, and this huge line welcomed me that even went beyond the bookstore premises. Voila! (Ps I got this picture from @nbsalert)

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( this actually reached till the far out streets like restaurants and all that )

The earliest people who came camped out since 10 pm and wow they were so lucky since they got advance reading copies of “Ashes to Ashes” I can’t even explain how jealous I am, but i’m happy for them. After hours and hours of waiting we finally registered and I was number 98 I guess that wasn’t much of a bad thing since the last time I went to a signing I was 589 and I think it tested my patience BIG TIME. Hooray for book signing passes!

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I was so so excited to meet such an amazing author ( Happens all the time ) that I feel this weird feeling in  my chest and like i just don’t know, its craaazy. Then out of the blue, this girl came up to me and told me she wanted to interview me since I was an “avid reader of Jenny Hans books” so it was crazy the cameras and all, to even believe it was just me out of the thousands she chose. She asked me about my opinions of the book, lessons, and favorite quotes. It was on the spot questions but I guess I enjoy public speaking so it wasn’t all that bad besides I was beside Jenny so OH MY GOD? Yay this was when I finally got my book signed and had a little talk with her: 

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( she even personalized my books! )

No words can explain how happy and lucky I feel to have been present in such a wonderful event, all thanks to National Bookstore and Powerbooks for making all of this happen! Also to ETC and Sweep Card for making me feel extra special, plus the staff who were so considerate in giving me freebies! Seriously something I would never forget! Hehe oh, and meet my book bud who came with me to this event, Bambi! 

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Sorry if I haven’t been posting much since I’ve been quite busy with school, but I’ll try and keep y’all updated all the time!

NY Times Best Selling Author Stephanie Perkins coming soon sometime this July! Stay tuned for the blog post!

3 SIGNED books giveaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yes, you’ve got it right! I’m sharing these babies through my first ever giveaway!

I can’t believe I’m finally doing my first ever giveaway which will be three signed books all by the great, Tahereh Mafi! I mean these books are amazing and I got these signed about a month ago. So excited for you all, and yes there will be only ONE winner ( so sorry, I’m still a newbie, but don’t worry there will be more soon! ) and yes anyone has a chance to win these since this giveaway works worldwide, wherever you are! ( Mars? Jupiter? Neptune? Why not!)

So the rules are simple:

1) If you haven’t yet, follow me, or if you don’t have wordpress subscribe via email ( i’ll be checking )
2) Reblog this post to spread awareness
3) Like this post plus 2 random ones on my blog
4)  Comment on this post ( or more too, yay!)

That’s it you ask? Yes cause it’s  easy to win and Well it’s that simple!

Winner will be announced by the time I reach 260 blog followers, but if it would take too long it will end June 25! Yay! Good luck everyone. Thank you to everyone too who has been so nice. PS: Choosing of winner will be through random.org so it wouldn’t be a cheat. Also, for you guys to be extra excited, here is the sneak peak of the signed books, that maybe, you, my dear reader will have in your hands. Mwah! 

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Ootd: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children

First ever ootd I’ll be posting which is actually inspired by a book. I just thought on doing this since I was bored out of my mind, and also for a contest entry to win GC’s to buy more books. Really now, you’re probably thinking “books books books” what even? but yeah that’s right, life is so much better with books by your side, yes? This ootd is inspired slash “copied” from the book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. ( To see my Book Review about this amazing-yet-creepy-cover book scroll down below ) As you see I tried copying the “levitating girl” originally on the cover of this book, yet it isn’t so exact, BUT I tried! Yet again, this book isn’t horror since you would actually think it is when you look at it from the cover.It’s real awesome sauce in there. 

Now if you wanna see the original cover of this book then scroll down to see my book review on this as it displays the original cover, so here is what I came up with: ( i’m not so good with photoshop, so it wasn’t ‘clipped’ “professionally”, yet again I tried!) 

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I had a good laugh doing this, since it was a crazy idea, but I had so much fun! I guess i’d do more of this stuff again real soon. So, here is me just trying to goof off and model around, yes with the book. ( okay you’re welcome for making it normal and not creepy )

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*Yay it’s in color too!*

Yet again, this is such a good read! Wearing such to a book signing for Ransom Riggs can even get you noticed by him, and to spice things up another thing is adding like a rope tied to further add effect on “the levitating girl.” Share your ideas! Favorite quote from Ransom? Thoughts on the book? Anything! Don’t hesitate ;-) 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight Book Review

4.7 out of 5 stars

“Sometimes you meet a person and it’s love at first sight. Heart pounding, you run, you follow, and just like that you’re in love and realize that he’s the one….” – anonymous

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(don’t you just love the colorful cover? )

“The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” obviously from the title talks about love that happens at first meets, adding the possibility of this bounding to a free flowing relationship or sadly, plain nothing. It’s a story of going beyond the limits of love and the boundaries of acceptance to one anothers differences, and just like that, it might just lead to a happy ending. 

Book Review and Thoughts:

Sometimes in our lives, we bump into certain people who gives us a certain spark, a feeling of joy, a feeling of desire, and – a feeling of plain love. Then you know for sure that you have a certain feeling for this person, you stare the whole time, you tend to follow this person alot, and you blushed occasionally. Turning it around, this is what 17 year old Hadley Sullivan felt that very moment – love at first sight. 

That very day wasn’t supposed to be the best day of Hadley’s life, in fact it started of as one of those you can consider horrid type of days due to not only missing her flight, but also having the great possibilities of being late to her Father’s second wedding with her soon to be stepmother who she never even met. Clearly that day couldn’t get any better for her, for one thing she didn’t want to go to this wedding the fact that her mom would probably be crying disturbs her, but because she was persuaded she had to go anyway and show her love and support for her dad. Worries kept attacking her head, and her heart kept rapidly beating. She was feeling uneasy and to keep herself distracted from such thoughts she then tries to appreciate where she was – The JFK airport., her death chamber, one of the places she never enjoyed, but she never knew this would be the place she would meet her love, Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting on her row, and soon, they meet. It wasn’t unrequited love, they both had feelings for each other, simply it was called love at first sight.

The plane ride passes in the blink of an eye as Hadley and Oliver make the most out of the time they have together. They talked about almost everything from where they were bound to go to the studies Oliver was doing that Hadley couldn’t comprehend. Upon arrival, Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos. Will fate bring them back together? or will that be their last moment together? ( sorry no spoiling :P

“Set over a little 24 hours of being together this is a novel about family, second chances, and first loves..”

I really really love this book! The ending was great too. I have no words for it. I didn’t give it a perfect because some things need improvement, but yet again wow, I ended this book smiling cause it felt complete unlike some books that end and you’re like “wait thats it?” We get to feel the emotions of the characters which is great! To end, here’s something for you guys: At the end we find out what Oliver is actually studying about and you’ll be surprised what it is. Such a great read! 

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(( Photo credits to google images))